User talk:Jim Earl
Welcome to Citizendium as a new author! We're very glad you've joined us. We hope you will contribute boldly and well. Here are pointers for a quick start. You'll probably also want to know how to get started as an author. Just look at Getting Started for other helpful "startup" pages, and at CZ:Home for a complete listing of help and other community pages. If you wish, just ask me to create a "personal sandbox" for you where you can test out editing and writing articles. If you need help to get going, it is a good idea to join our discussion forums. That's where we discuss policy, proposals or technical problems. You can ask any constable for help, too. Just put a note on their "talk" page. Again, welcome and thank you! We appreciate your willingness to share your expertise, and we hope to see you begin actively editing and contributing to Citizendium. Milton Beychok 07:40, 29 June 2011 (UTC)
About our articles
Jim, I think it might be helpful if I explained how we rank our articles at Citizendium . All of our articles are assigned a status when initially created:
- Status 4 = Articles imported from Wikipedia or elsewhere, which should be completely reviewed/re-written and put into Citizendium (CZ) style as soon as possible if not sooner. In general, we frown upon such articles.
- Status 3 = Stub articles Very short, one or two paragraph articles.
- Status 2 = Developing articles. This is probably what most of our articles are.
- Status 1 = Developed articles ready for nomination to be approved.
- Approved articles
All of our articles (before achieving "approved" status) include this comment on the main article page: This is a draft article, under development and not meant to be cited; you can help to improve it. These "unapproved" articles are completely available for any Citizen (a registered member of CZ) to edit. improve or to expand.
Once an article achieves "approved status" it is protected (locked). But at the same time a copy is created and designated as a "draft" and that draft is also completely available for any Citizen to edit or to expand. Subsequently, after the "draft" has been significantly edited/revised, the article may be nominated for "re-approval".
All of our articles (approved or unapproved) are publicly visible to the general public (unregistered members). At the moment, we have 15,880 articles at different stages of development, of which 156 have achieved "approved" status.
One again, welcome to Citizendium! Milton Beychok 07:50, 29 June 2011 (UTC)
I am a pretty new contributor to CZ myself. I hope we can collaborate on a few articles as it can be lonely to write all by oneself. I contributed articles on Coriolis force, Magnetic moment and a few other physics articles that you might find it useful to contribute to.
Best wishes, John R. Brews 15:49, 29 June 2011 (UTC)
Some ideas for contributions
Dear Jim, welcome aboard CZ. Milt and John have already given you some hints as to how things work here in general, and I wish to add some more practical suggestions on what possibilities you have to contribute. For a start, I just took some of the keywords from the information you supplied upon registration, and display below the current state of related CZ articles (for icon documentation, see Template:Rpl/Doc):
- Physics : The study of forces and energies in space and time.
- Astronomy : The study of objects and processes in the observable universe, e.g. stars, planets, comets or asteroids.
- Meteorology : The interdisciplinary scientific study of the processes and phenomena of the atmosphere, including weather studies and forecasting
- Chemistry : The science of matter, or of the electrical or electrostatical interactions of matter.
- Engineering : The profession in which a knowledge of the mathematical and natural sciences gained by study, experience and practice is applied with judgment to develop ways to economically use the materials and forces of nature for the benefit of mankind.
- Omaha, New England : Add brief definition or description
- United States Army : Branch of the United States Armed Forces with the principal responsibility of conducting large-scale ground combat
- Lieutenant (naval) : A junior commissioned officer, who may command a smaller vessel.
- Lieutenant (land forces) : A junior commissioned officer, who may command a small group of soldiers, like a platoon.
- Weather : Add brief definition or description
- Weather satellite : Add brief definition or description
- Project Vanguard : Add brief definition or description
- University of Minnesota : Add brief definition or description
- Balloon : Add brief definition or description
- Weather balloon : Add brief definition or description
- Electromagnetic radiation : a collection of electromagnetic waves, usually of different wavelengths.
- Cosmic rays : Add brief definition or description
- Electron : Elementary particle that carries a negative elementary charge −e and has mass 9.109 382 91 × 10−31 kg.
- MIT : A private research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts with a strong emphasis on scientific and technological research.
- University of Maryland : Add brief definition or description
- Maryland : A State on the Eastern coast of the USA.
- University of Arizona : Add brief definition or description
- Arizona : 48th state of the USA
- University of Delaware : Add brief definition or description
- Delaware : A State of the Eastern USA.
- Alexander von Humboldt Foundation : Add brief definition or description
- Alexander von Humboldt : Add brief definition or description
- University of Kiel : Add brief definition or description
- Kiel : Add brief definition or description
- Germany : Federal republic in central Europe (population c. 82.4 million; capital Berlin), with the North Sea, Denmark and the Baltic Sea to the north; Poland and the Czech Republic to the east; Switzerland and Austria to the south; and France, Luxembourg, Belgium and the Netherlands to the west; founding member of the European Union.
- California Institute of Technology : A major research and education university for science and technology, located in Pasadena, California
- Sabbatical : Add brief definition or description
- Sabbat : Add brief definition or description
- Crownsville, Maryland : Add brief definition or description
- Computer science : The study of how computers work, and the algorithms, data structures and design principles used in their operation and programming.
- Algorithm : A sequence of steps used to solve a problem.
- Internet : International "network of networks" that connects computers together through the Internet Protocol Suite and supports applications like Email and the World Wide Web.
- Studio art : Add brief definition or description
- Scientific method : The concept of systematic inquiry based on hypotheses and their testing in light of empirical evidence.
- Brain : The core unit of a central nervous system.
Looking forward to fruitful collaborative editing, --Daniel Mietchen 23:18, 29 June 2011 (UTC)